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Sound, image and multimedia

DVDs and videos

Our large and varied collection is housed in Founder’s Library. It contains a wide selection of films and TV programmes.

You will find ‘art house’ films, as well as recent Hollywood blockbusters. There are TV classics, documentaries, animated films and recordings of theatrical productions.  

The variety and depth of this collection makes it such a valuable resource for many subject areas.

All items from the collection can be borrowed by any member of the College.

You can search for DVDs and videos in our collection by using the Video and DVD Search in the library catalogue.

And, while you’re in the Library, why not stay to watch your DVDS and/or videos? We have excellent viewing rooms, which can even be used for group viewings: so, why not invite your friends?

Music recordings

The Library has a strong collection of mostly classical music recordings on CD that are stored in the Founder’s Library short loan collection.

You will find quite a few historical recordings in this collection that are not currently available elsewhere.

Why not try a CD search in the library catalogue, if you are having trouble tracking down an obscure recording of your favourite composer?


Our music recordings on CD have been greatly enhanced by our subscription to the Naxos Music Library. This library gives you online access to thousands of classical and popular recordings issued by the Naxos music label.

But you will find more than just audio in our online collections. Many of the online databases we subscribe to have great image collections. To take one example: the Illustrated London News Historical Archive is a digital archive dating from 1842 to 2003, which contains many images and photographs, often depicting historical events, and quite often in colour. 

If you prefer moving images, then we can offer you Box of Broadcasts (BOB). BOB is an online archive of TV programmes, in some ways similar to the BBC iPlayer, that lets you watch not only recently broadcast TV programmes, but older programmes that have been archived since BOB started a few years ago. BOB has a number of advantages over the BBC iPlayer:

• programmes are archived from all the freeview channels;

• once in the archive, programmes are always available, so you can reference them in your work without worrying if they will be available in the future.

You can also make requests on BOB for programmes to be archived, although you will not usually find this to be necessary, as other users of the archive will have done it first.

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